Traffic and toilets concerns raised at Hailsham meeting

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TRAFFIC congestion in North Street and South Road and the future of the toilets in Vicarage Field were some of the topics raised by residents at Hailsham Town Council’s Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday.

More than 90 residents attended the ‘new-look’ meeting at the Charles Hunt Centre.

The lively event included a presentation and review of the past year by the current Town Mayor and Chairman, Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor, along with individual reports from each of the Committee Chairs.

Representatives from Sussex Police, NHS Primary Care Trust and East Sussex Highways also attended the meeting to answer residents’ questions.

There was an exhibition highlighting the Town

Council’s Business Development Plan - Hailsham: The Way Forward, including proposals for the economic revitalisation of the business community, protecting the town’s natural and built environment, effective and sustainable infrastructure, community safety and improved healthcare in the local community.

Cllr Bentley-Astor said: “The format of this new meeting provided residents with an opportunity to participate in discussion on some very interesting and ambitious projects the Town Council has for the future development of Hailsham, as well as a review of its achievements in the last year.”

Delighted about the increased attendance level this year, he said: “In the past, we have had just a handful of residents attending our Annual Town Meetings.

“We wanted to change that by making it more appealing this year and equally more relevant to the people of Hailsham.

“The meeting really is their chance to have a say on the town.

“By working together we can aim to resolve any issues faced by residents and help make Hailsham an even better place to live, work and visit.”

The Annual General Meeting is at 7.30pm on May 23 at Hailsham Town Council Offices in Market Street, where residents can witness the election of the Town Mayor and Chairman.